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THE TRAILER AND VISION STATEMENT

 

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DIRECTOR'S VISION STATEMENT
"THE VANISHING FIELD" (2020; 72 minutes; USA)
This film was inspired, in part, by my friend Jogen, a Zen priest who was a resident for fifteen years at the Great Vow Zen Monastery (where most of the film's scenes were shot). In this docufiction movie, Jogen plays the character of Jacob, a novice Zen monk wrestling with the aftermath of a shocking out-of-body experience while meditating. Though this story was set in a Zen Buddhist monastery with Buddhist non-actors, I never intended to make a "Buddhist movie". Instead, I felt ready to share a more personal story informed by my own traumatic out of body experience many years ago. Setting my story in a Zen monastery through the context of meditation practice opened up new ways to convey this life-changing event that continues to impact me and inspire my films to this day
. -- Antero Alli

 


THE CAST & THE CREW



Tomas (Ed Welsh) and Jacob (Jogen Salzberg) negotiate an esoteric pact


JOGEN SALZBERG as Jacob
HOGEN BAYS, Roshi as himself
ED WELSH as Tomas
SYLVI ALLI as the Ubume
DOUGLAS ALLEN as Dragonfly
NITA BRYANT as the Oracle and the Mother



Roshi (Hogen Bays) reminds Jacob to remain present


~ The Crew ~
PRODUCTION ASSISTANTS
Sylvi Alli (costumes & make-up), Ed Welsh, Cibyl Kavan,
Robert D'Esposito, Sage O'Reilly, and Dragos Dobai

CGI by Michael McWhirter@FinisherMedia.com Soundtrack, Sylvi Alli
Additional music by Spider the Akronaut, Jogen Salzberg, Antero Alli
Thanks to the gracious support of The Great Vow Zen Monastery.
Spoken words improvised around ideas presented by the director.
Oracle monologue by Anton Chekhov (from "The Sea Gull")
Story, cinematography, editing, & direction by Antero Alli.


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The Ubume (Sylvi Alli) at the threshold of the Jizo Memorial Garden

Antero Alli, filmography

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